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cPHulk Disables Root

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by septi, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. septi

    septi Active Member

    Dec 27, 2012
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    I have the exact same problem.

    CPHulk pretty much disable root login because too many bots try to login as root.

    Every heavily used server end up like this. There is nothing I can do.

    I suppose I could use an alternative root account. But to set that up I need to login to root.

    I can't login as root. Not with ssh, not to whm.

    If I restart I am able to login for a while but then blocked again. Not enough time to disable cphulk.

    It's very annoying. Any server will have tons of malicious bots trying to login. So what? Why should I be blocked out?

    I tried whitelisting but my IP changes all the time.
  2. cPanelMichael

    cPanelMichael Technical Support Community Manager
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    Apr 11, 2011
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    Hello :)

    If the lockout continues, you may need to obtain console access and disable cPhulk with commands such as:

    for i in `ps aux | grep -i "cphulkd - process" | awk {'print $2'}` ;do kill -9 $i ;done
    /usr/local/cpanel/bin/cphulk_pam_ctl --disable
    Note that some users disable cPHulk and utilize a third-party application (e.g. CSF/LFD) to handle brute force attacks. This may be an option for you to consider.

    Thank you.
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